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Stooges' Drummer Scott Asheton Dies at 64

March 17, 2014 (4:57 am) GMT
News of Asheton's passing is shared by The Stooges' Iggy Pop in a Facebook post in which he says of the late drummer, 'He was like my brother.'

Scott Asheton, the drummer for band The Stooges, passed away on Saturday, March 15 at the age of 64. The sad news was confirmed by the band's frontman via a statement on Facebook. "My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night," Pop wrote on Monday.

"Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother. He and Ron have left a huge legacy to the world. The Asheton's have always been and continue to be a second family to me," the statement continued. "My thoughts are with his sister Kathy, his wife Liz and his daughter Leanna, who was the light of his life."

Asheton co-founded The Stooges with his brother/guitarist Ron Asheton, who died of heart attack in 2009, and bassist Dave Alexander. "We didn't get very far," the drummer told writer Brett Callwood in his book "The Stooges: Head On". "We liked the idea of being in a band, we looked like we were in a band and we'd all hang out together. It wasn't until...Iggy, got involved that it actually became a real band."

The Stooges released three albums 1969's "The Stooges", 1970's "Fun House" and 1973's "Raw Power" before splitting in 1974. The band reunited in 2003. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.

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